Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Still Sore & Soul Weight

For everyone who asked - I am sore as hell today. Every time I try to stand up or sit down, I make a sound like a cross between a dying cow and an old southern preacher. "Oh good lord, help me owwwwww...uuurggh." Yeah. Real attractive. My co-workers have been having a lot of laughs at my expense.

The sick thing is...I can't wait to go back to Body Pump on Sunday for some more abuse.

I got a fill yesterday. Another whole cc for a total of 7 cc's in my 10 cc band. Painless and easy as usual. Dr. Wizman gave me 2 cc's at first but I was hit by a wave of nausea and I could feel saliva bubbling at the back of my throat. One of the two cc's came out immediately and I felt fine.

We had a potluck dinner at the doctor's office last night - we do it a couple of times per year. Even though I couldn't eat because of the fill, I had a great time socializing with my fellow bariatric patients, Dr. Wizman, Nurse Gwen, and Dietitian Jodie. I cooked a delicious sausage and spaghetti squash dish (I made extra and I'd eaten it for dinner the night before and lunch that day) and there wasn't a drop left. Everyone loved it. I'll share the recipe here if anyone wants it.

The best part was being able to hang out and just have a nice social evening with Dr. Wizman. He's a very nice guy and had some interesting things to say. He talked about "soul weight" which is different from "goal weight". It's basically what he thinks of as a balance between where you are happy with the number on the scale and where you are happy in your life. I'll quote him from his Facebook page: "I have heard people talk of their "goal weight". I have a better idea, let's call it our "soul weight". This is the weight that you are happy within yourself, and you can be healthy as well. Think of it like your soulmate...... I have found that it is usually 10-20 pounds higher that the goal weight. That may be the cushion we need for happiness."

In other words, you might have a magic number on the scale as your goal weight, but it takes sitting home and doing nothing but dieting and exercising all the time to achieve or maintain it. With your "soul weight" the number might be a little higher, but you're out living, being happy, occasionally indulging in "bad" food or drink and enjoying being alive.

I thought about this concept when I read Amy's post about our new bodies maybe not being enough and Angie's blog where she wrote, "I realized that as soon as I stopped making weight loss my number one priority, my life got better - but my weight went up."

A little food for thought.


Stephanie said...

Can you email me the recipie, please? It sounds yummy!

Angie said...

Great post Steph. I love hearing about your doctor's thoughts, and I think he may be spot on. I'm no longer reaching for the 140s, I just want to get back to 155 or 160, which was comfortable. Soulweight. I'm sticking with that.

Lee Ann said...

great post! thought provoking. :)

Cat's Chic Chat said...

Great post Steph, I have already started wondering if my "goal" weight of 145 is actually a reasonable goal. It's where the BMI charts will put me at the high end of my healthy BMI. I'm using it as a target to shoot for, but will definately reevaluate as I get closer and maybe go for the "soul" weight rather than goal. : )

Lap Band Gal said...

great idea on the "soul" weight...! I don't know if I would feel comfortable at 165 lbs...but still a great food for thought :)